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11 July 7:00 pm

Venezuelan international defender Oswaldo Vizcarrondo could be leaving América for America.

The US may be the destination for the current Club América player, who is ready to leave Mexico for MLS, although Uruguayan side Peñarol have also stepped up the chase, according to Venezuelan media.

Vizcarrondo's representative, José Luis Luraschi, says he's awaiting formal offers to come through this week in order to evaluate them with Club América, who will reportedly be expecting some sort of compensation.

11 July 6:57 pm

Yesterday, MLS stars and New York Red Bulls players Rafa Marquez and Kenny Cooper visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. During their visit, Rafa and Kenny spent time with several patients and even helped a few patients learn some new soccer tricks.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. helps share the mission of St. Jude through the Goals for St. Jude program. Rafa and Kenny join Logan Pause of the Chicago Fire, Shea Salinas of the San Jose Earthquakes and Dan Kennedy of Chivas USA as ambassadors for the program.

Be on the lookout for Goals for St. Jude week in September to see how you can get involved in the life-saving mission of helping St. Jude find a cure for childhood cancer. Help us kick cancer!

Learn more about the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Soccer Kicks Cancer program.

11 July 1:51 pm

Ask Joe Bendik about his eight-year-old nephew Gavin, and his eyes instantly light up.

You see, Gavin has cystic fibrosis and Bendik, the Portland Timbers backup goalkeeper, has used his notoriety as a professional soccer player to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  It's a passion that has led Bendik to raise close to $3,000 through the Portland chapter of Team Gavin as part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides National Walk Event.

Those efforts have earned him the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month award for July.

Bendik and a handful of teammates participated in the May 19 Great Strides event at Oaks Park Amusement Park or donated gear to show their support. Along with the money generated at the local event, Team Gavin raised more than $30,000 nationwide.

Bendik is hoping to draw on the excitement displayed during the Great Strides walk to plan a charity golf tournament in August. He's also working with a local high school in the area on an alumni football game fundraiser.  All of it with Gavin in mind.

Article by Dan Itel. Read more.

11 July 12:43 pm

Le magazine Coup Franc (que vous pouvez écouter ici), c’est avant tout votre émission. Nous vous proposons d’y prendre une part encore plus importante en créant notre nouveau générique.

La donne est assez simple : si vous êtes musicien ou faites partie d’un groupe, envoyez-nous une (ou plusieurs) de vos compositions. Cela peut être n’importe quel style de musique, surprenez-nous !

Le morceau ne doit pas forcément être long (une trentaine de secondes suffisent amplement) et doit idéalement être uniquement instrumental (mais s’il y a des voix et que c’est relié au soccer, ça pourrait être sympa aussi).

Ce qu’on cherche, c’est une musique dynamique et enthousiasmante (évitez les tempos de berceuses) dans l’esprit des podcasts de la MLS. Écoutez les intros de March to the Match ou d’ExtraTime Radio, ça vous donnera peut-être des idées.

Si vous êtes nombreux à nous envoyer des créations géniales, on pourra en utiliser une en début d’émission, une autre comme générique de fin et même certaines durant les très brèfs intermèdes musicaux. Bien entendu, nous ne manquerons pas de faire connaître les heureux élus et de les aider à obtenir de la visibilité.

Faites-nous parvenir vos compositions à coup.franc@MLSsoccer.com et dès que quelque chose nous plaira, nous l’utiliserons.

10 July 9:28 pm

The irony will not be lost on D.C. United fans that without the help of their rivals, the LA Galaxy, there would probably have been no new investor announcement in DC.

New investor Jason Levien, one of the two additions to D.C.'s ownership group on Tuesday, talked about how it was a meeting with good friend and fellow Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Erick Thohir at a Galaxy match in Indonesia of all places, which led to the groundbreaking news for United fans.

Levien was in town for the 50th anniversary party thrown for Thohir's parents last November — "one for the ages," explained Levien — and it happened to be held the same week that the Galaxy made a stop on their Asian tour to face the Indonesian national team, a match set up by Thohir.

"We went to the game, the exhibition and that night we stayed up well into the night," Levien said. "And we really talked to each other and Erick had a strong conviction about soccer. And we shared a passion for it and a passion for MLS and having the opportunity through Major League Soccer to make a difference here in the United States.

"Through the late hours that night and the following days we sort of made a pact to do our best to try to invest in Major League Soccer," he continued. "Quickly our attention turned to Washington, D.C., and D.C. United."

The rest is history, as they say. And D.C. fans will always know they have the Galaxy to thank.

10 July 5:15 pm

Remember that age-old mantra reminding you to be comfortable in your own skin? Well, a couple of US national teamers went a step further.

Men's captain Carlos Bocanegra and women's superstar Abby Wambach were not camera-shy when ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue came calling. Both Bocanegra and Wambach shed some skin – and some visual insight – into what the soccer bodies look like from two of America's best.

The body of a soccer player, like any athlete, is defined as much by its impressive and imposing physicality as it is its ability to withstand the daily beating it takes.

"When you play soccer, you are going to get cut, you are going to get bruised," explains Wambach. "If sitiches have to happen, if staples have to come, that's just part of the game – just take it."

Also included in the fourth annual publication are the NFL's Rob Gronkowski, the WNBA's Candace Parker and the NBA's Tyson Chandler, among others.

 

10 July 2:47 pm

Barcelona have the world's most storied — and prolific — youth program, the famed "La Masia," which has produced the backbone of both Barça and the Spanish national team, both of whom have had record-breaking success over the past six years.

Only the best of the best make it through to the first team, with many others finding places to ply their trade throughout the world.

For 20-year-old central defender Oriol Rosell, that could mean a move to MLS. So says MundoDeportivo, anyway.

What do we know about Rosell? Not much other than his age, height (5-foot-10) and position. He's also — according to Wikipedia, so please take it with a grain of salt — been with the Barcelona system since the age of 14, steadily moving through the ranks until his debut with the Barça B side last season (in Spain's second flight).

His ascent stalled there, however, as Rosell made only six appearances last year and now has been cleared to move away on a free.

Is a stop in MLS in the cards? If so, where do you think he'd best fit?

EDIT: The Twitterverse is apparently a step ahead of the game on this one, informing me that Rosell (as well as Johan Ramirez Neeskens — yes, he's the son of that Johan Neeskens) were on trial in KC at some point in June. Credit to The Washington Post's Steven Goff for the original scoop.

 

10 July 12:33 pm

Brendan Rodgers has high hopes for Liverpool – and he's wasting no time trying to reinforce his squad for that pursuit.

The newly appointed manager is eager to make his first signing since taking over the Reds on June 1, and one of his first targets happens to be US international Clint Dempsey.

According to a report by the English newspaper The Mirror, Rodgers and the Liverpool front office are set to bid £7.5 million in an attempt to pry the English Premier League's fourth-leading scorer in 2011-12 away from Fulham's Craven Cottage and north to Anfield. 

A deal could be completed as early as Wednesday, if you believe the report, as Liverpool hope to lock up Deuce before their trip to the United States next week. 

If the transfer goes down, what do you think of the move?

10 July 11:58 am

Cette semaine, Olivier Tremblay, collaborateur à MLSsoccer.com, se joint à l’équipe pour une émission à écouter ici et au menu encore très riche :
- Nick De Santis, directeur sportif de Montréal, nous parle des coulisses du transfert d’Alessandro Nesta, notamment du fait qu’il n’est pas joueur désigné. Il évoque aussi les renforts que son club cherche encore.
- Notre invité Aurélien Collin révèle les secrets de l’excellent début de saison de Kansas City, fait part de ses attentes en vue du Match des étoiles (All-Star Game) contre Chelsea et évoque aussi de sa passion, la mode.
- On analyse le Onze Populaire de la MLS, choisi par le public, avec Christian Schaekels de Vision du Jeu. Comment Ben Olsen doit-il compléter ce groupe, en fonction des qualités des joueurs choisis, du style qu’il prône et des qualités de l’adversaire, Chelsea ?
- Décevant sur le terrain, Portland limoge son entraîneur John Spencer.
- L’accolade entre Zakuani et Mullan après Seattle - Colorado.
- Les trois buts marqués par Saborio en un quart d’heure.

L'émission Coup Franc est disponible sur iTunes.

10 July 9:04 am

   

You love rocking your favorite club's gear whenever you get the chance. At home, in the stadium, at the post office, wherever.

We know it, you know it and so does XBOX. That's why they're giving you the chance to win some awesome stuff by doing just that. All you need to do is show your pride, take a picture and head over to the MLS Fan of the Month Photo Contest homepage to submit your entry. 

If your photo is judged to be the best out of all the others submitted by all the other fans of your club, you'll win the following:

--Five tickets to see your favorite club in action.
--A 3-month XBOX LIVE Gold membership
--Kinect Sports Game: Season One

And if your photo is selected as the best around the League for July, you'll get an XBOX 360 fully-equipped with a Kinect Sensor and Kinect Adventures Game. 

Sounds good to us. Rep on.